We’ve all had those nights where we drink a little too much and send that one little message that threatens to destroy our pride, social life or both. Drunk texts can be harmless mumbo jumbo like “afslkjaskldf” or be more humiliating confessions like so:
No matter how bad the texts, there always damage control measures you can take the morning after to preserve your dignity!
Below are a few scenario’s and tips on how to handle them.
General Rule of Thumb: Call, e-mail, or text an apology within 24 hours of texting
Scenario A—Drunk Texting an Ex
Drunk texting an ex is awkward because the apology will require communication—which you may or may not have with your ex. A facebook message or e-mail apologizing will suffice. Make sure the message doesn’t illicit further conversation (e.g. say “Hope you are doing well!” instead of “How are you?”) and you’re not overly apologetic—the more nonchalant you are about it, the less likely he/she’ll be to think your texts mean you’re not over him. Make sure to include it won’t happen again—and then delete your ex’s number so it DOESN’T happen again.
Scenario B—Drunk Texting something offensive
Depending on the gravity of the text, make sure to apologize for anything offensive or rude. It’s crucial to not inadvertently justify your actions because you were “drunk”. Keep your apology sincere and to the point. Like this “OMG I just saw the text(s) I sent you last night and I’m so sorry! I was totally wasted and can’t remember a thing, but that certainly doesn’t justify what I wrote. I’m REALLY sorry and I hope you can forgive me—I definitely don’t believe you’re a cheap whore.”
Scenario C—Drunk Texting a Family Member
Can there be anything more awkward than accidentally texting your grandmother instead of your booty call? If you have committed this faux pas then, depending on the gullibility of your family members, try saying your phone is stolen or a friend stole your phone for the night. If you use the former excuse, make sure to call (not from your cell) and let family know that your phone is “stolen” and they can reach you in an emergency at an alternative number.
Scenario D—Drunk Texting a Co-worker or Boss
This calls for immediate action because it’s your future and career in line. If you drunk texted a co-worker or boss, then immediately send an e-mail apologizing and promising it will never happen again. When you see them next, and pull them aside and apologize in person. E-mail alone does not suffice!
Scenario E—Drunk Stalk-texting a Friend
Drunk stalk-texting is when you send multiple texts spamming a friends phone. In this case, apologize the next day via a phone call–spare your buddy another text–and apologize for wasting their texts.
If your drunk text doesn’t fit into the scenario’s above, just remember…